Yamaha Piaggero NP-31 Reviews3.8/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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from San Francisco
August 30, 2012Music Background:
Pretty Good CompromiseI needed to replace a very cheap lightweight keyboard (Yamaha ESR-P223) on which a middle-range oft-used key had failed after three years of heavy use (40 or 50 gigs last year). My main need was for a portable keyboard for outdoor gigs where no AC is available, hence a self-contained battery-opp model was called for. I also wanted something light enough to carry on public transit. No, I'm not kidding.
The NP-31 isn't too heavy (just under 13 lbs, according to the spec sheet), but it's heavier than I was anticipating, and because it's longer than what I was accustomed to (76 keys vs 61), it can be a bit unwieldly on the bus. My bandmates say the built-in speakers sound good to them, but they seem a bit tinny to my ear. Also, if it's turned up to near-full volume (which is necessary at these unplugged gigs) the thing eats a fresh set of batteries (6 AAs) in less than 4 hours, although the specs say the batteries should last up to 6. The action is good, allowing for much more expressive playing than the lighter organ-style keys on my previous model.
A digitial display would be nice: something to indicate which voice/sound you've selected, whether you've transposed and how far, metronome speed, and other useful data. As designed, you have to remember all of these things.
I spent almost $100 more than I was hoping to, but I did get a superior instrument to the portable one I was replacing. The NP-31 is also a good alternative to my other stage piano, a very heavy, bulky Ensonic KS-32 weighted-action model I may not be taking out much at all anymore.
from Bennington, VT
December 5, 2011Music Background:
Know What Your Needs AreThis is a very decent keyboard for the price. Graded Soft Touch Action isn't even close to the feel of true weighted keys, but is far more playable than unweighted or "lightly" weighted keyboards also sold by Yamaha.
I appreciate the simplicity, light weight, and professional red trim. For quiet venues like tea parties or for playing with a group of close friends, this keyboard fits very nicely and is easy to carry around. Battery operation is a huge plus for playing in places without an outlet.
If you're looking for a keyboard to practice chords with or to take with you to small social gatherings, I definitely recommend this. If you're looking for an acoustic piano replacement try the Korg SP250, with weighted keys.